• Weaving for Athena: The Arrhephoroi, Panathenaia, and Mundane Acts as Religious Devotion

    Author(s):
    Ellie Mackin Roberts (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Women in Antiquity
    Subject(s):
    Ancient religion, Ancient Greece, Ancient Greek history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/exx5-1p60
    Abstract:
    This article examines the young girls aged between seven and eleven year old who are elected to serve in the cult of Athena Polias, patron deity of Athens, in the classical period (roughly 5 th century, BC). I look at the creation of the dress given to Athena at the yearly Panathenaia festival, the creation of which is the main activity of their year-long tenure on the Acropolis. I argue that though the participation in the making of this dress, these young girls exhibit discernible belief in the goddess and in the practice of preparing and making the dress means we can move towards an understanding not just of haptic practice, but also of haptic belief.
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